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Queen Emma Summer Palace
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Queen Emma Summer Palace or Hānaiakamalama (The Southern Cross), served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawai'i from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark and educational museum preserved and operated by Daughters of Hawai'i. Admission to the Palace: General: $10 Kama'āina & Seniors: $8 Children 5-17 $1. Open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM. Closed on major holidays. Because the Palace was built in the nineteenth century, access may not be available for visitors who have difficulties climbing stairs.
Haiku, Hawaii
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“a wonderful place to visit”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

take the tour.....the docent is always very informative and friendly.....they have a wonderful collection of things from the period....not huge but very special......the special displays are not only informative but very beautiful too......it is not a palace like in the west but it still is very special

Visited March 2013
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“Wonderful snapshot of Hawaiian History”
Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Took my 13 year old for a quick visit. Opted for the docent tour and had a very informative and interesting experience. Anyone who likes Hawaiian history would love this. Never knew that Queen Victoria, Mark Twain, and Andrew Johnson all had Queen Emma in common. The docents lovingly show you all the period pieces in the home with great detail, and relate the happiness as well as the tragedies in the life of this gifted and charitable Queen. Highly recommend this!

Visited January 2014
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“Great historic house”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Wonderful docents made our visit to Queen Emma Summer Palace a delight. The house itself is an important part of Hawaiian history - kudos to the Daughters of Hawaii for saving such an important site from developers and for maintaining it.

Visited December 2013
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Kelowna, Canada
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“Beautiful home”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

For anyone interested in the lifestyle of Hawaiian royalty, this is a nice place to stop & visit. It isn't a large or elaborate attraction, just the summer home of Queen Emma, but it gives you an idea of this phase of the monarchy. The home is quite small - just a few rooms - but it is well worth the $8 admission fee to view the beautiful furniture, jewellery and trappings that are on display. There is a guided tour, but the self-guided tour allows you to go through at your own pace, following the brochure. There is also a beautiful garden to view.

Parking is a little sparse but when I visited in the morning, there were plenty of spaces available. Photographs are not permitted indoors, but the staff are quite happy to take your photo out in front of the house if that's something you'd like as a souvenir.

The Daughters of Hawaii run the gift shop which is a real delight....the majority of items available are made in Hawaii (which is a real treat considering so many attraction gift shops on Oahu are full of things made elsewhere). Proceeds from the sale of gift shop items help to fund the DOH and the upkeep of the palace.

Visited November 2013
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Encinitas, California
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“A Big Piece of Hawaiian History and Culture...a must see!”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

I toured the summer palace with a friend from Mililani and we were lucky enough to get Maile as our guide. She did an amazing job filling us in about each member of the Hawaiian Dynasty at that time and the home and antiques are just breathtaking. Be sure and visit the gift shop in the back of the home, it is full of the most wonderful Hawaiiana...great place for gifts and I believe it helps the Daughters of Hawaii continue to bring these wonder tours so we can learn about the real hawaiian people and not just what we see in Waikiki. I recommend it highly. Mahalo

Visited November 2013
Thank Susan D
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